Mini Book: The Final Pages

I had another short break from crafting due to a trip to Los Angeles followed by a few days in Las Vegas.  I mostly grew up in LA.  It’s where I met my fiancé and also where we will be having our wedding later this year; hence, the reason for our trip (dessert and caterer tastings and also flowers).  To be honest, I absolutely despise wedding planning.  I know this is not normal!  It’s just too many little details and so much money involved.  Thank goodness I have a planner.  She’s an absolute lifesaver with her budget planning, scheduling, and endless ideas.

Las Vegas was a little reunion with my friends back in San Francisco.  It’s hard to believe I haven’t seen them since I moved in November.  Since I’m not much of a phone person and rarely do social media, it was amazing catching up with everyone again.  I had so much fun dancing, gambling, and eating.  The Bacchanal buffet in Caesar’s Palace is superb by the way.  The only thing I lacked the entire trip was sleep!

Now, back to the crafty side of things….Here’s the last installment of the mini album I was making for my friend.  I was able to complete everything on time although it was a rush to the finish, and she was thrilled to receive it  🙂

Page 10

The page on the right has a pull-out card with journaling.  The photos of us are from a school event promoting construction of a new campus.  It was fun putting on the orange vests and playing with caution tape for the first time!

Page 11

The next couple of pages have our graduation photos.  We basically took my camera and tripod and did crazy things all over the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco.  The scenery there is absolutely stunning.  My future MIL actually wanted my fiancé and I to take our engagement photos there, but we opted for more sun in southern California.

Back Cover

Here’s the last page and the back cover.  I wanted to highlight my friend at the end, so there’s just a picture of her in cap and gown within a polaroid frame from Maggie Holmes “Flea Market” chipboard sticker sheet.  Links to the other pages in this mini book if you’d like to see them!

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

Mini Books: Part One

I have a couple more pages from the mini book I’ve been making to share today 🙂

Page 2

I just purchased one of Amy Tangerine’s Embroidery Stencil Kits from her Cut & Paste line, and I used it for the first time today.  I’ve only used embroidery floss a couple of times prior, so it got a bit tangled as I was trying to separate the threads.  I searched YouTube and found that the trick is pull out one strand at a time.  Now it’s easy peasy 🙂  I used the stencil to embroider a chevron design on top of the photo on the left-hand page–such a simple way to fill up that white space and add texture!  My StazOn black ink pad is getting a bit dry so the “Perfect” arrow stamp on the Simple Stories transparency covering the photo didn’t stamp too well, but I’m okay with it.

Page 3

I love the design on the half circle sheet that came in the Daybook!  I outlined the design with a black journaling pen to make it pop out more.  I have A LOT more pages to complete and just a couple of more days to work on it!  I don’t think I’ve ever felt this rushed in making a project.  Someone recently told me that 80% of a person’s thoughts are negative.  I think people tend to focus more on the negative things around them because they require more attention, but I’ll try to think positive in this situation and get this project done!

Mini Books: Getting Started

I’ve had a little break from crafting lately due to a short 3-day trip to San Antonio a few days ago and then 4 days of work training.  San Antonio was beautiful, and I’ll be sure to share photos once I get them on some layouts.  Just to recap, my fiancé and I visited a couple of the Spanish missions, cruised and dined at the River Walk, explored the largest natural cavern in Texas, relived the Battle of the Alamo, and shopped the San Marcos outlets before heading home.  It was an eventful (and surprisingly cold!) trip.  The day after we got home, I started training for work.  I’ve haven’t worked since the beginning of October, and I have absolutely no endurance for a 9-5 schedule anymore!  I literally dropped onto bed right when I got home every day.  I definitely need to build up my stamina again…..

Anyhow, here I am back with another crafty venture.  I need to start and finish a mini book for a friend’s birthday gift.  Her birthday is next week, so I’ll need to ship it out soon!  I’ve made a couple of mini books every year since I started scrapbooking in 2012.  I don’t make any mini albums for myself because I like uniformity, so I’ve made the decision to only keep 12×12 albums in my home.  However, I love mini albums because they give me a break from the 12×12 format and they make great gifts.   I’ve only had one recipient that didn’t appreciate the book I made for them, but that story’s for another day!

My first step in making a mini book is to think of the recipient’s personality and match it with a paper line.  It could be the theme of the paper line that makes you think of the person, the colors of the collection, or simply the mood it evokes.  For this specific person, I chose the Here + There collection from Studio Calico because of its dark and bold colors and universal motifs.  The album I chose is an Amy Tangerine Daybook from her Yes, Please collection I already had on hand.

Here & There


Since the paper and album are from different companies, they are not going to match perfectly in color nor style.  However, I like the contrast of bold and bright colors to give visual interest.  Also, I can easily cover any of the Daybook pages completely with patterned paper/cardstock if needed.

After choosing the photos I want to use in the album, the first thing I do is take the album completely apart by removing the wire spiral.  There are several reasons I do this.  For one, I can now rearrange the Daybook papers in any order I like.  Second, it’s a lot easier to work on individual sheets separated from the album than those constricted by the wire spiral.  Lastly, I typically need to switch out the original wire spiral to one with a larger diameter since I tend to add bulk with embellishments.


After rearranging the papers, I use sticky notes to label each of the pages with the photo I’m planning to use on that page.  This streamlines the process down the road:  I am now certain I have enough pages dedicated to all the photos I want to use, and I know where each of the photos are going to go.

Labeled Pages

The only preparation that’s left is to choose the fun stuff (aka embellishments)!  I go through my embellishment stash and take out anything I think might go well with the theme of the album.  I also take out older embellishments I want to use up or things that remind me of the person I’m giving the album to.  By the end of the search, I typically have 20-30 embellishment packs picked out including stickers, badges, brads, etc.  I set these goodies aside in a small box I leave on my desk until the album is done.

Embellishment Box

In addition, I’ll choose one or two washi tapes that I will use in small doses throughout the album.  90% of the embellishing will come from just this box.  The only things I’ll go outside the box for are smaller embellishments I keep in a plastic container, 12×12 sticker sheets that won’t fit in this box, and stamps.  By using the same washi tapes and embellishments, the album will have a sense of cohesiveness.  This is also reinforced by sticking with one paper line throughout the album.  I might add papers from other lines onto the pages, but they will only come from my scraps and only be used to support the Here + There papers.  At the same time, though, I hope to have a lot of variety from page to page to give the album interest since I’ve set aside plenty of embellishments to choose from.

That’s all for today!  Be sure to tune in the next few days if you want to follow my progress on this mini book adventure 🙂